PS: Fight moral decadence in schools

Saturday April 9 2011

File | Nation Education Permanent Secretary James ole Kiyiapi at a past function.

File | Nation Education Permanent Secretary James ole Kiyiapi at a past function. 

By GEORGE MUNENE [email protected]

Homosexuality, lesbianism and drug abuse are widespread in learning institutions, Education Permanent Secretary Prof James ole Kiyiapi said on Saturday.

He regretted that what he called immoral behaviour had penetrated education.

Prof Kiyiapi said the vices were a major challenge that had to be fought at all costs. He called on all those involved in education to join the battle against moral decadence in the institutions.

“Such immoral behaviour should be fought to save the young generation from going to waste,” he said as he launched a Nazarene University campus at Ebenezer College of Computer Studies in Kutus town, Kirinyaga County.

The PS warned that students found to be involved in homosexuality, lesbianism or drug abuse would be expelled from learning institutions and prosecuted.

In Kenya, the possession, use and sale of narcotics is illegal, but equality in sexual orientation is protected under the new Constitution.

He instructed principals of high schools and colleges to be vigilant and intensify counselling and guidance services to get rid of the vices.

The PS was commenting on an incident in which a Form One student was sexually assaulted by her senior colleagues after she turned down their sexual advances. The student is undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

After the assault, the suspects were arrested and detained at the local police station for questioning.

The incident occurred in the same week that four students of 64 Secondary School were charged in court with defiling a Form Two girl.

The four were freed on a cash bail of Sh100,000 each with a surety of a similar amount.

The PS blamed immoral practices on ignorant parents who fail to discuss sexual matters with their children.

The PS also condemned bullying in schools.

He warned that any student caught bullying others would not be spared.

The PS said the government encouraged establishment of more universities.